Johnny Ortiz Wiki – Biography
Johnny Ortiz is an actor who has appeared in films and TV shows including McFarland, USA, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and American Crime. He has been charged with attempted murder, according to Fox News.
Ortiz has had a passion for acting since the age of five, he told Latin Heat Entertainment in 2016. He said he called 411 when he was five and asked about how he could become an actor.
Later when he was 11, he began studying acting with his mentor and teacher, Edward Padilla, at Casa 0101 Theater, according to his ABC bio page. He has appeared in more than 20 movies and TV shows, his IMDB page shows.
One of his best-known characters is Jose Cardenas, a teenage runner in McFarland, USA. The film, which starred Kevin Costner, was based on a true story about a high school cross-country team, according to the Mercury News.
He is also known for his role as a busboy in last year’s Netflix movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad. He also cooperated with Jennifer Garner in the 2018 movie Peppermint and played Tony Gutierrez in American Crime, an ABC drama.
Growing up on the east side of Los Angeles, his childhood was surrounded by gangs, drugs, violence, domestic abuse, according to Project Eñye. “I grew up in gangs,” he said in the interview. “Most of my family are gangs.”
Johnny Ortiz Age
He is 24 years old.
Ortiz’s mother is from Guatemala and his father is from Mexico. Both of his parents crossed the border illegally into the U.S., he told Project Eñye.
Ortiz said he went through a “messed-up situation” in his early life. His dad would beat him and his mom up. “I never understood why every time I got kicked out of school, why couldn’t he talk to me, why would he just hit me,” he said.
“I always thought I would just see myself in three paces,” he said. “It was either jail, in a wheelchair, or dead.”
Some of his roles mirrored his own life, according to Latin Heat Entertainment, and he wanted to “portray gang bangers in a human way.”
Ortiz’s family created a GoFundMe campaign on July 13, raising funds to bail him out of jail, according to Yahoo News. In the fundraising post, his family praised his previous contributions to his community and claimed that he was innocent, Fox News, and Daily News reported.
Johnny is everything to our family. Johnny does everything to help the community and the Hispanic community especially.
Johnny has contributed to many non-profit organizations and community organizations. He is in jail fighting for his case that he is innocent on. We want our beloved family member back with us. He’s a brother, son, and friend to our family.
Deadline reported that the Ortiz family aimed to raise $100,000. A total of $900 had been raised as of July 21, according to Yahoo News, but the GoFundMe page has now been deleted.
Charged with Attempted Murder & Arrested
Johnny Ortiz is a 24-year-old actor who has appeared in films and TV shows including McFarland, USA, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and American Crime. He has been charged with attempted murder, according to Fox News.
Ortiz was arrested on May 25 along with 18-year-old Armando Miguel Navarro, who is alleged to pull the trigger during their attempt to kill a man named Brian Duke on May 24, Fox News reported. Ortiz faces a charge of premeditated attempted murder, but details of his involvement in the murder remain unknown at this point.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office alleges that Ortiz and Navarro tried to kill Brian Duke “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members,” the criminal complaint obtained by Fox News shows.
According to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors on May 27, the actor is likely to spend 25 years to a lifetime in prison if he is found guilty, and “faces a decade more” in additional sentences, Deadline reported. Navarro, who is alleged to have fired the shots at Duke, also faces life in prison.
The pair have been held in custody by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department since their arrest in late May, and they appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles on July 20, according to Deadline. Ortiz has pleaded not guilty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center and is being held on $1.1 million bails, while Navarro is being held on a bail of more than $2 million.
Ortiz is set to appear in court again on September 22 for a preliminary hearing for the case, according to Fox News.
Fox News said that attorneys for the duo did not respond to a request for comments immediately, while Yahoo News reported that Ortiz’s representative declined to comment.
This is actually not the first time Ortiz has ended up in jail. He got kicked out of school when he was in third grade and the reality forced him to join the gang, he said in a 2015 interview with Project Eñye.
Ortiz said he saw his sister starving, which led him to the street. He was later sent to jail for theft and spent two years behind bars. After the first six months of incarceration, he felt he needed to do something for himself. “I got on my knees literally every day and prayed to God,” he said.
He got his second chance when he met Padilla, whom he called his “second dad” in the interview, and started to land on roles in movies and TV shows after his acting training. “Dreams are possible,” he said.